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Maryland Proposed Lease Areas

What’s New?

On Dec. 17, 2013, BOEM announced the publication of a Proposed Sale Notice in the Federal Register, which requests public comment on BOEM’s proposal to auction two leases offshore Maryland for commercial wind energy development.

The 60-day public comment period ends on Feb. 18, 2014. Comments received or postmarked by that date will be made available to the public and considered prior to the publication of the Final Sale Notice. 

A public seminar was held in Baltimore on January 24, 2014 at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus. Click here for more information. The end of the comment period serves as the deadline for any companies wishing to participate in the lease sale to submit their qualification package, if they have not already done so. Companies planning to submit a qualification package are strongly encouraged to submit as early as possible during the comment period to ensure adequate time for processing. Information related to the PSN is provided below:

Overview

The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act requires BOEM to award leases competitively, unless BOEM determines there is no competitive interest. In November 2010, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) initiated the leasing process offshore Maryland by issuing a Request for Interest (RFI) to gauge industry’s interest in obtaining commercial wind leases in an area offshore of Maryland. Materials relating to the RFI are provided below.

Call for Information and Nominations

In Feb. 2012, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations (“Call”) to solicit lease nominations and request public comments about site conditions, resources and other existing uses of the identified area that would be relevant to BOEM’s potential leasing and development authorization process. Materials relating to the Call are below.

BOEM identified the "Call Area" in consultation with its intergovernmental Maryland Renewable Energy Task Force, which includes federal, state, local and tribal government representatives.

Environmental Review

On Feb. 3, 2012, BOEM also published in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for commercial wind lease issuance and site assessment activities on the Atlantic OCS offshore New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.  Consultations ran concurrently with preparation of the EA and included consultations under the Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.  In June 2012, BOEM published a Finding of No Historic Properties Affected for the Issuance of Commercial Leases within the Maryland Wind Energy Area.

Proposed Sale Notice

BOEM published a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) in the Federal Register on Dec.18, 2013, which describes proposed terms and conditions for a lease sale for two commercial wind energy leases in the Maryland Wind Energy Area (WEA). A public seminar regarding this PSN was held in Baltimore on January 24, 2014. The 60-day public comment period for the PSN ended on Feb.18, 2014. In response, BOEM received 19 comment submissions and seven additional qualifications packages from companies wishing to participate in the auction. Public comments received are available by clicking here.

Correspondence Referenced in The PSN:

Next Steps

BOEM will consider comments received during the comment period in preparing a Final Sale Notice (FSN) that will provide the final details of the lease sale for the Maryland WEA. BOEM expects to hold a lease sale for the Maryland WEA in 2014.

Public Engagement

BOEM coordinates Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy activities offshore Maryland with its federal, state, local, and tribal government partners through its Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force. BOEM also coordinates public information meetings to help keep interested stakeholders updated on major renewable energy milestones. To obtain information discussed during these meetings click on the links below

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